Several of the barristers in Trinity Chambers’ Costs group sit as Deputy District Judges and therefore deal with contentious costs issues on a regular basis.
Barristers in the team can advise on as well as represent parties at hearings covering costs budgeting and provisional assessments. The Costs barristers are familiar with the new civil costs regime including procedures for Costs and Case Management Conferences (CCMCs), allocation, limits on evidence, disclosure of reports, provision of draft directions, use of counsel, proportionality, costs budgeting and general case management, all in the context of the Overriding Objective.
Barristers in the Costs team are able to advise in relation to personal injury and clinical negligence costs, family and ancillary relief costs, commercial and Chancery litigation costs together with criminal costs including claims involving Central Funds. Given the diverse range of practitioners in the group, including criminal, commercial, Chancery, employment, family and personal injury/clinical negligence barristers they can each advise on the costs regime applicable to their areas of expertise.
Members of the group value their own continuing professional development. They meet regularly for in-house talks and discussion. There are frequent cross-overs with other disciplines within Chambers, such as Business, Chancery, Crime, Employment, Family and Ancillary Relief, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence. Given the frequent changes in costs law and practice directions the barristers regularly provide in-house and other CPD accredited training events.